According to 9to5Google, Google quietly ended support for its first Chromecast TV stick product in April, ending a decade of updates.
Google’s first Chromecast was unveiled in 2013, and more Chromecasts have been released since then. The first-ever Chromecast was updated to software version 1.36.159268 in November 2022, bringing only “bug fixes and improvements.” Users can still continue to use the original Chromecast, but Google warns that there may be problems in the future.
The Google Chromecast help support page states that support for the first-gen Chromecast has ended, meaning it won’t receive any updates after that. Additionally, Google will no longer provide technical support of any kind for this product. While the devices will continue to work, Google says “users may notice a decrease in performance.”
So if you’re still using the first-generation Chromecast, you may need to upgrade. Pricing hasn’t changed much since the original Chromecast was released a decade ago, with the latest model costing $30, and Google has also expanded its lineup to offer a 4K version of the Chromecast that’s suitable for Most modern TVs.